Women & Business Profile: Rachel Maga
“Open a new notebook and write a note to the person you want to be in five years.”
President & Owner
Ten Four Social and Social Studio PGH
tenfoursocial.com | socialstudiopgh.com
Only a few years after graduating from Robert Morris University, Rachel Maga launched Ten Four Social, a social media marketing agency. At 25, she knew it was more important to create a workplace where employees are encouraged, appreciated, and understood than it was for her to climb the corporate ladder.
“This ‘just start and trust God’s plan’ attitude is the core of who I am as a businesswoman and leader,” she says. “We are never ‘ready’ to start a business, just like we are never ‘ready’ to become a mom or ‘ready’ to combat an expected diagnosis, but we trust in the process, learn from each day, and be stronger because of it.”
In the years that have followed, Maga has scaled Ten Four Social into a team of leaders growing their services to bring new, unique, and out-of-the-box opportunities to their clients, or as Ten Four Social calls them, their partners.
For Maga, the highlight of the past eight years is undeniably the relationships formed. “We strive to create meaningful connections within our team, partners, and everyone we meet. We go the extra mile for each other and give back every chance we can. In a city rooted in an honest, blue-collar work ethic, these relationships carry more value than any dollar amount can bring.”
The best advice Maga ever received came from her husband. He said, “you can have a list of a hundred reasons not to do something, but trust in your gut, follow your passion, and start the next chapter.” This advice came to her as she listed why it wasn’t time to start a business. She had never worked for a marketing agency. She lacked experience. She lacked time as a mom of a sixteen-month-old little boy and one on the way. As imposture syndrome will often do, she lacked self-confidence and trust. Needless to say, she listened to her gut and started the next chapter.
Maga now shares her advice on stage, speaking at conferences across the country, encouraging other women to live out their dreams and start doing what fulfills them personally and professionally. Maga offers this advice to other women in business: “Open a new notebook and write a note to the person you want to be in five years. Include a thank you message for the steps you have already taken and the future miles you will go. Every morning, read the letter. Every night write one thing you did to be one step closer to becoming this version of yourself. Before you know it, you will be right where you wanted,” she says.
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